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The secret behind the Pink Hair

Friday, January 29th, 2010

People always ask me, “What’s the pink hair for?”  My answer is simple, for FUN!!  A few years ago I noticed an alpine skier in a magazine with pink tips in her hair and thought that looked pretty cool.  Since cross-country skiers sometimes get a bad wrap for being boring (disappearing off in the woods for hours in our “knickers”) I decided I would add a little flare to my hair to show the world how awesome cross-country skiing is.

At first it started with just a little pink on the tips of my hair, yet year by year the pink seems to creep up and take on more and more of it’s own personality.  I knew messing around with pink dye could be tricky, so immediately enlisted the help of a trained professional.

For the 2006 Olympics, I dyed my hair red, blonde and blue.  It was really fun and a big hit with the stadium announcer, although not so much with the hotel cleaning staff whose towels I dyed red and blue for a while!  Over the last few years however I have had some really good luck with the pink, so I figured I would update my locks with flashy magenta before heading to Vancouver.

My brother came with me while I got my hair done to document the process.  It took 3 hours!  Here it goes…

The "before" shot

The "before" shot

First, the blonde highlights

First, the blonde highlights

Then the pink

Then the pink

Burning it in with a straightening iron (the secret to longevity)

Burning it in with a straightening iron (the secret to longevity). There were some scalding moments but no pain no gain!

Pink suds!

Pink suds!

Almost done

Almost done

A final touch up

A final touch up

The "after" shot

The "after" shot

Up in a ponytail

Up in a ponytail

Now, it’s off to Canada!

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